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Scientific name: Thymus vulgaris
Parts used: Leaves
Origins & Properties
Thyme leaves were commonly used by ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks. The spread of thyme throughout Europe was thought to be due to the Romans.
Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil. It is generally planted in the spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. It can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or dividing rooted sections of the plant. It tolerates drought well.
Ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming practices, while ancient Greeks used it as incense. The Romans used it to purify their rooms and to give an aromatic flavour to cheese and liqueurs.
In modern times, Thyme is used for culinary, medicinal and ornamental purposes.
- Immunity: Boosts your immune system
- Natural cough remedy: Helps alleviate coughing and other symptoms of acute bronchitis
- Cardiovascular: Lowers blood pressure
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